Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Most Annoying Things in the World, January 2013 Edition



Yep...it's Pet Peeves time again! Some nuisances hold a permanent spot on The List, such as:

Spammers. Who doesn't hate spammers--except maybe other spammers? I currently have one (at least one!) who repeatedly posts here, demonstrating a minimal grasp of the English language and always, ALWAYS including a link to a site selling something. As much as I hate to do it, I guess I'm going to have to go back to moderating comments to keep the SOB out. This brings me to another Perpetual Pet Peeve...

Captchas. I've had to stop following several blogs because of captchas. Having to make several attempts to decipher the stupid things is frustrating and time-consuming, and if one follows several blogs with captchas, well.... (On a related note, I've had to stop following one of my favorite blogs because it's become impossible to read due to a "button bar"--or whatever it's called--on the left side of the screen.)

Public restrooms. If I could avoid them entirely, I would! One has to wonder what kind of unsanitary slobs some people must be at home, considering the messes they leave in public restrooms. I don't dare sit without first making sure the seat isn't wet--but that's only half the battle, so to speak. Checking the floor is also necessary, if I don't want the legs of my jeans to look like I've been wading! How on earth do women make this kind of mess? With men, it's annoying but understandable. But girls, you're supposed to be sitting down--and if this happens because you're hovering, then dammit, clean up the mess afterward! Nobody wants to sit in your waste, either!

Telemarketers. Need I say more? Our phones are all on the Do Not Call list. If they call anyway, you can bet we'll report them!

And then we have the first-time offenders on the 2013 List (or maybe I should say the first appearances of these offenders on The List):

Facebook. Every alleged "improvement" made by Zuckerberg & Company makes a once-uncomplicated social networking site more and more difficult to use.

Blogger. Murphy's Law in action. If it can go wrong here, it will. I'd abandon this blog completely and post only at Wordpress if it weren't for the knowledge that spammers would snatch up the blog title (as "Desi Jumiati" did with one of my former blogs last year) as soon as I dropped it!   

Kids Gone Wild. And the parents who let them--not only my neighbors' kids, but kids who act like barbarians in public, in restaurants, in stores, in movie theaters--anywhere the rest of us would be subjected to the end result of crappy parenting skills. Some of us--most--of us, would like to hear that movie as well as see it (silent films went the way of the dinosaur decades ago). We'd like to enjoy a meal without having our eardrums shattered--and maybe even hear what our dining companion is saying!

Childproof packaging. You have to get a kid to open them! I understand the need for it, but how about giving those of us who have no small children in the house an easy-open alternative? Arthritis can make opening bottles a real pain (literally). Don't make it more difficult than it has to be--please! 

What are your Pet Peeves? Are any of them here? 

18 comments:

  1. I'm glad there are public loos but not so glad that the great majority of the public who use them are slobs and totally in need of health and hygiene classes! LOL!!

    Take care
    x

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    1. You have to wonder if they're slobs at home, too, or if they just leave their mess because they know somebody else will have to clean it up.

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  2. I sure agree about the spammers. There's a couple that visit my blog regularly, oozing vague praise followed by promises of amazing porn or remarkable real estate bargins!

    It's windy here, just in from picking up trash that isn't mine. Thus, I'm reminded of a very long standing pet peeve: litterbugs.

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    1. I hate litterbugs too, Lynn! in my apartment complex, there are sections of mail boxes with trash bins next to them for junk mail. Sometimes, the wind blows it out of the bins, which have no lids--sometimes the people just throw them down on the ground. The leasing office does send a guy around to pick the stuff up--but the problem with that is that they only pick up in the open areas. If the wind blows it up to the tenants' door, they're stuck with it.

      Even if it's not ours, we're stuck with it.

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  3. In concur with everything on this list I believe. :-) Especially Blogger.

    (I'm working on that 'share thing' on my blog by the way. It doesn't seem to be impacting most folks, but you're not the only one who's mentioned it. I thought it could be fixed by expanding your browser width--what I had to do on my own machine--but that doesn't seem to do the trick. I need something like it though, I've decided, because it has been extremely successful in getting folks to share my posts. So I'm doing research on alternatives. Truly do appreciate you letting me know.)

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    1. I really enjoy your blog, EJ--but I'm a technomoron. Telling me to expand the browser is like telling me to pilot the space shuttle!

      I have Like and Share buttons on my Wordpress blog, but not here. Easier (and less invasive) to do there.

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  4. I agree with most of these. I have categories of pet peeves and a lot of them involve grammar and misuse of the English language (it's in my nature as an editor).

    It seems unfair to simply stop following blogs with Captchas without giving those people a heads up. Perhaps they have reasons for having Captchas and perhaps they'd consider getting rid of them if they knew they were losing followers because of it. Or... perhaps you could still follow the blogs and not comment?

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    1. Carla--I get a kick out of reading reviews written by people who can't spell and have awful grammar.

      I'm one of a number of people who have complained loudly about captchas. There have been more than a few Ban the Captcha movements. I do continue to follow a handful of favorite blogs with them and comment when I'm able (when I can decipher the captcha on the first try).

      I have advanced stage glaucoma and reading can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Captchas are almost impossible.

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  5. I can usually handle captchas... but if I've gotten it wrong on the third try, it's quite a nuisance, to say the least.

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    1. I get why some bloggers have them...but it still takes up too much time.

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  6. So agree with all of your annoying things of the world.
    I would add to the awful loud horrible children are the one who have green snot coming from their noses as they sneeze on you as they scream by.

    cheers, parsnip

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  7. Oh, gosh, the public bathrooms - yes yes yes! I'm with you on the rest too; I did have to be told (while a newbie blogger, which I still am:) by someone that it was difficult that I had captcha in place. I hadn't realized how annoying it was at that stage and was happy to remove. Seeing this, I'm also very glad I'm not on FB!

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  8. I would totally agree with this list . . . maybe I should do a post of 18 Things that annoy me;-) Glad I found you--I'm a new follower!

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  9. Greetings Norma,

    And I sure do relate to your list. 'Farcebook' everyone's favourite social 'notworking' site where my 'friends' submit 'vital' profile updates such as what they had for lunch. Gosh!

    Let's not forget those 'drive-by' bloggers, Norma. You know the type. They follow your site, never to return again. Of course, they want you to add to their list of dedicated followers. And they leave such amazing comments like, "Great post! Thanks for sharing!" "Me follow your blog!"

    Seriously, a very close to the truth, posting.

    In kindness and goodwill,

    Gary :)

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  10. Could have sworn I'd read and commented on this! Getting wack-o from so much computer reading!

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    1. Cheryl, you did--at Wordpress! I post in both locations. Wordpress is my main blog, but I maintain my blogs here so I don't end up with another blogsquatting incident. If you close a blog here, there's a good chance someone, probably from somewhere in Indonesia, will take your blog name and use it for spamming!

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  11. Yup, agree with them all Norma. I've noticed quite a few of the blogs I read are being bothered by spammers lately and me this morning had five, so I'm wondering if the 'spam' thingy on blogger is defunct in some way, it usually does a really good job of filtering them out. As for the public loo thing, I have to be absolutely desperate to go in there, ughy!

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